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New rental housing rule adopted in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Holland has approved a proposal that will affect the cost of living for some renters there.

The City Council is limiting the number of unrelated people living in a rental property to four. The limit used to be six.

The measure means fewer residents to split the cost of rent and could primarily affect students.

However, the measure was amended to exempt current neighborhoods from the new limitations.


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Suspicious incident reported near Zeeland middle school


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have an alert for parents about a suspicious incident near a Zeeland middle school. On Monday afternoon, they say a man approached a 14-year-old girl and asked if she wanted to ride in his car.

It happened on Central Avenue, near Cityside Middle School. The girl declined to get in his car, and he drove away. She was not a student at Zeeland schools.

On Tuesday, school officials sent an alert to parents about the incident.

Police say it does not appear the man committed a crime but his actions were "inappropriate."


Road project causes financial headache for businesses


PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Park Township construction project is causing a financial headache for several businesses. Construction crews are adding left-turn lanes to the intersection of Ottawa Beach Road and Division.

Reconstructing the lanes is supposed to improve safety in the area, according to the county Road Commission.

Business owners say they understand that, but they just hope the project moves quickly. The owner of Van Wieren Hardware says the construction zone has discouraged new customers from stopping by.

"Everyday we're losing money, so we will be very happy when the project is over. There are also a number of other small businesses on our corner that are affected as well," says Deb Van Wieren Axce, owner of Van Wieren Hardware.

Bed-and-breakfast owner upset over illegal rentals


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- She's fed up with losing business, and taking her concerns to Holland city hall. A longtime bed-and-breakfast owner is calling out some of her competitors by claiming they're illegally renting houses through online websites.

Bonne Verwys often gives guests a tour of the garden, her awards, and her historic bed and breakfast, Bonnie's Parsonage B&B.

"Everybody loves the history, everybody loves our breakfast, everybody loves the decorations, and they even like me," says Verwys.

Despite her bubbly personality, she knows when to have a straight face, though.

"I want to know that everyone is following the rules just like we have to," says Verwys.

She began getting suspicious after guests told her about a rental house down the block.

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Witnesses speak to investigators about crash that killed teen


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says investigators have been speaking with witnesses about the early-morning crash that killed a teenager Tuesday.

Jonathan Bracamontes, 15, died after being hit by a vehicle on southbound US-31 at Riley St.

Authorities say they've spoken with several witnesses who were driving through the intersection at the time of the crash, none of whom saw the actual accident. They did say that southbound traffic had the green light when they saw something running eastbound on Riley.

One witness did stop his car and looked around the scene, but says he didn't see anybody or anything around the intersection.

Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

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Deputies: Teen kidnapped, sexually assaulted


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say a 16-year-old girl was shopping at Michaels near US-31 in Holland Township when a stranger forced her into his car on Sunday afternoon. The teenage girl told deputies that the suspect took her to a nearby location and she was sexually assaulted.

On Tuesday, shoppers were on alert.

"I'm surprised to hear it would happen in the middle of the day; I guess that makes it more frightening," says shopper Linda Chambers.

Investigators say the man, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, is still out there. The teenage victim first reported the incident on Monday evening. She told investigators it happened between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.